Aah yes the inevitable has happened, a certain someone caved in and got a beautiful powder after a month of spending ban. Oh Les Beiges how have I coveted thee! Well dramatization aside, I bought the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in No. 02 after a boring (as usual) day at work. I had been eyeing the original Les Beiges since their launch, and although they were quite a hit I couldn’t really justify the purchase and held off.
Every time I tried the Les Beiges in store, they seemed more and more similar to the MAC Careblend Pressed Powder (a favorite) at almost double the price! When the new versions of the Chanel powder were launched I was all set to write them off and deter myself from falling for the proverbial “Chanel Charm” but alas, I was lured.
The Healthy Glow powder is the same in texture as the original Les Beiges (quite expectedly), with an additional “glow” factor which slightly sets them apart. They have been released in two versions, No. 01 which is lighter more suitable for fairer skins and No. 02 which will work as a bronzer for light to medium skintones, and as and overall glow-inducing powder for deeper complexions.
The actual product is divided into 3 colors of varying intensity and texture. While the lightest color is a very subtle highlighter (the glow giver) the second color is satin and darker, more suitable as an all-over powder, and the 3rd strip is a bronze-pink satin color which adds the “color” to the application. The USP for this powder is the convenience of having a highlighter, blush and bronzer all in one. My preferred way of using this is in two-steps:
1) Swirl a fluffy brush, tap excess and dust it lightly all over to add a nice sheen to the whole face.
2) Next, using a blush brush, pick some pigment from the darker strips, and add just under the cheekbone for some contour + color.
I chose No. 02 as it certainly “showed up” and gave me a nice color on the face and cheeks. No.01 was more like a face powder for my complexion and something which I didnt have much use for. These powders are more shimmery than the original Les Beiges, although the shimmer is the finest and subtlest and disappears into more of a glow once on the face. In store, I found No. 02 to be very similar in color to the original Les Beiges No. 40, so if you have that you can probably skip this.
I get a very natural, glowy and contoured effect with this and it stays a really long time! in fact when I apply this in the morning around 10, I still have a good even color on my cheeks till 8 in the night, when I remove my makeup. I have been using this powder on bare skin as well as a light layer of MAC Face and Body and both applications give me a very good effect.
The packaging is classic Chanel with a twist. It is housed in a beautiful compact with a creamy top and shiny black body with the famous crossed C’s at the top. It comes with a brush to be used with the powder, which fits nicely inside the compact. The brush although soft and pretty, does not seem to be the best to be used with this product as its quite thin.
I really cannot fault this powder right now as its too beautiful to take my eyes off it! Its gorgeous, and I am glad I got these instead of the original version as these have that something extra which was amiss in the original for me.
I would not advise you to rush out and get it simply because its an uber luxury product and not a necessity at all, but in case you had already made up your mind to get it, better hurry up as its a Limited Edition offering!
Now that i have it in my possession, it will be lugged around everywhere and taken out for display at every opportunity! :P
Hope you liked the review! Thanks for reading :-)